United Nations

International Covenant on
Civil and Political Rights

Distr.: General
11 July 2017
Original: English

Human Rights Committee

Views adopted by the Committee under article 5 (4) of the
Optional Protocol, concerning communication No.
2425/2014*, **, ***, ****
Communication submitted by:

Siobhán Whelan (represented by the Center for
Reproductive Rights)

Alleged victim:

The author

State party:


Date of communication:

9 April 2014 (initial submission)

Document references:

Decision taken pursuant to rule 97 of the
Committee’s rules of procedure, transmitted to
the State party on 16 June 2014 (not issued in
document form)

Date of adoption of Views:

17 March 2017

Subject matter:

Access to termination of pregnancy

Procedural issue:


Substantive issues:

Denial of information; cruel, inhuman and
degrading treatment; rights to equality and nondiscrimination on the ground of sex; arbitrary
interference in the right to privacy

Articles of the Covenant:

2 (1), 3, 7, 17, 19 and 26

Article of the Optional Protocol:


The author of the communication is Siobhán Whelan, a national of Ireland born in
1970. She asserts that the State party violated her rights under articles 2 (1), 3, 7, 17, 19 and
26 of the Covenant. She is represented by counsel. The Optional Protocol entered into force
for Ireland on 8 March 1990.

* Adopted by the Committee at its 119th session (6-29 March 2017).
** The following members of the Committee participated in the examination of the communication:
Tania María Abdo Rocholl, Yadh Ben Achour, Ilze Brands Kehris, Sarah Cleveland, Ahmed Amin
Fathalla, Olivier de Frouville, Christof Heyns, Yuji Iwasawa, Bamarian Koita, Marcia V.J. Kran,
Duncan Laki Muhumuza, Photini Pazartzis, Mauro Politi, José Manuel Santos Pais, Anja Seibert-Fohr,
Yuval Shany, and Margo Waterval.
*** Individual opinions by Committee members Yadh Ben Achour, Sarah Cleveland (concurring), Olivier
de Frouville (concurring) and Anja Seibert-Fohr (partly dissenting) are annexed to the present Views.
**** The footnotes are reproduced in the language of submission only.

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